IND vs WI Dream11 Match Preview:
India and West Indies put on the Whites as they look to begin their respective ICC test Championship campaigns.
Having won the T20's and the ODI series, Team India go into this one as the favorites although underestimating the Windies could cause them dearly as it did to the English test side who lost a series here 2-1 a few months back.
IND vs WI
Aug 22-Aug 25, 18:00 (IST)
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
India Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK) Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
West Indies Squad: Jason Holder (Captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sharmarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.
India: Mayank Agarwal returns to the international scene and is guaranteed to open the innings while KL Rahul can be handed another lifeline to revive his test career.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored an unbeaten century in the Practice game, and he is expected to resume his run-making duties.
Virat Kohli will look to get his side off to a good start.
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari all three got half-centuries, and it will be interesting to see as to who gets the nod in the game.
On the bowling front, Jasprit Bumrah is back from his sabbatical and will spearhead the Indian Bowling line-up.
Shami could feature as the second seamer with R Ashwin and Jadeja handling the spin department.
Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
West Indies: The Windies will take a lot of confidence from their series win against England a few months back and will have to perform on the same levels if not higher to get something out of this series.
In Shai Hope, John Campbell and Shimron Hetmyer, they have the three talented youngsters.
Roston Chase has a good test record against India and will be handy with both the bat and ball.
All eyes will also be on whether, the new “giant” of world cricket, Rahkeem Cornwall is given an opportunity.
His imposing physical structure may have grabbed attention but Cornwall has also been a performer with his effective off-breaks and handy lower-middle-order batting.
Kemar Roach will look to replicate his heroics from the aforementioned England series along Shannon Gabriel.
Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Keemo Paul, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach
Cheteshwar Pujara: India's Mr. Dependable is expected to resume his run-making duties at number three. He had a successful tour of Australia and goes into this series on the back of a century in the practice game.
Virat Kohli: He cannot be left out of any Fantasy team, Can he? Coming on the back off two back to back centuries, Kohli has 1000+ test runs in the past two calendar year and would dearly like to complete the hattrick.
Roston Chase: Chase enjoyed a terrific series against England this year. In the first test, he scored a century and bagged eight wickets with the ball and went on to score another century in the third test. He could be a handy customer with the ball and bat.